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Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation?

If you’ve just bought a new Mac, and you’re upgrading from an older computer, you want all of your files and data to be accessible on the new machine. But when setting up a new Mac, should you migrate or do a clean installation? When you buy a new Mac, it might be a good […]

Help a Good Samaritan Return Your Lost iPhone, iPad or Mac

You know it could happen some day: you might lose your iPhone, iPad or laptop. If you’ve activated Find My iPhone (or the similarly named feature for other devices), you’ll get an approximate location for the device, but if it’s in an apartment building or office building, or if there’s no Wi-Fi or cellular access, […]

Remembering Extension Conflicts

Last week, I was troubleshooting a minor electrical problem in my office; the kind where you have to plug and unplug things to figure out which one isn’t working correctly. That brought me back about 20 years to the days when I wasted long stretches of time troubleshooting extension conflicts on Macs. For those readers […]

The Committed Podcast Gets Thankful

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I took some time to discuss what we’re thankful for: the technologies and products that make a difference in the way we live and the way we work. Listen to The Committed, Episode 59: “Don’t You Have Giant Hands?”.

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Apple’s Obsession with Thinness; How Much Thinner Can Things Get?

Apple is obsessed with thinness. With an obsession that rivals that of the CPU clock speed days, Apple touts thinness for many of its devices. Look at the new (poorly named) iPad Air 2; the first text you see on Apple’s website is: “So capable, you won’t want to put it down. So thin and […]

RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014

Dearly beloved…

On this, the occasion of its 14th birthday, we’re gathered here to mark the passing of Mac OS X Hints.

While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days. A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, “it’s dead, Jim.”

I worked on the Mac OS X Hints web site for many years. I got to know Rob Griffiths, who founded the site, way back when, probably a couple of years after he launched this site. I worked with him writing a few chapters of a book which collected hints (whose title was so dumb, I won’t mention it). Subsequently, I filled in for Rob when he took vacations, took time off when his kids were born, and then, when he left Macworld, I took over as site editor for a while.

I’ll miss the site. It had lots of great information.

via RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014 | The Robservatory.

Six Colors: Review: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

It looks good, but feels subtle—until you turn back to a non-Retina Mac display and are confronted with the brutal reality of a low-DPI screen. “How did we live like this?,” you’ll cry out to no one. Is a Retina display absolutely necessary in life? There are very few people who need this many pixels—designers and photographers come to mind. But, then, you could argue that about high-resolution displays on any device: We got along fine without them, and they’re not necessary, but life is sure nicer now that we’ve got them.

I disagree with Jason Snell; it’s not about people like designers or photographers. It’s about anyone who works with text and wants to see crisp, clear fonts. While this is a great display for those working with photos and videos, it’s also great for anyone who works with text a lot. It’s not a luxury if you work all day on a computer.

via Six Colors: Review: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

First Impressions: 5K iMac (Spoiler: Wow!)

I got my 5K iMac early this morning, and immediately migrated my data from my Mac Pro. My first impressions of this Mac are simply this: Wow! I haven’t done much yet; nothing that taxes the processors to be able to see how fast it is. I did get the faster processor and better video […]

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